The Blackberry Island Inn has always been a refuge for Michelle and Carly. Once best friends and through twist of fate stepsister, these women have experienced the highs of their friendship and the lows of betrayal. Now they are finding themselves in a predicament.
Michelle is returning home after serving for 10 years for her country, physically and emotionally broken woman. She is needing a place to heal both physically and emotionally, but the home she returns to is not what she was expecting, and she is forced to deal with the past she had been trying to outrun.
Carly had her life turned upside-down by the people she thought were supposed to love her. Just days before her wedding, she found her fiancée in bed with whom she thought was supposed to be her best friend, a best friend who conveniently escaped the island and went off to war. Carly’s life crumbled after that through further betrayals and it was at the Blackberry Island Inn that she found a way to try and heal and provide for her baby. Michelle’s mother, Brenda, in return for dedicating her life to helping Brenda run it, promised that same inn to her
Now they both have to find a way to heal from their past, and work together to rebuild their futures…
As always Susan Mallery grips you into the worlds that she creates, and doesn’t let go again until you’re done with the book…and sometimes not even then, I find myself thinking about these characters and their lives for days after I have read their books. I’m not generally a huge fan of Women’s Fiction, preferring a little more romance, but Mrs. Mallery has a way of making you forget what genre your reading! And for those of you like myself that like romance in their books, you won’t be disappointed in that area either!
This is one of those books that will stick with me, one those books that you feel like you know the characters, and one of those books that I can relate to a lot of the content (and so can any women with a best friend…or former best friends). I highly recommend this book, and for that matter, any of Susan Mallery’s books!
4 out of 5 Orchids
*Review by Shelly
*Title provided through NetGalley for an honest review